July 2019
Dates For Your Diary
Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at Liddington Village Hall, opposite the church
August - no meeting
9 Sep - Dave Marshall from UltimateEar - besloke hearing protection
7 Oct - AGM followed by  Gavin Mills an engineer from Thatcham - Automation /Assitance
11 Nov - Richard Bayliffe  - Experiences of a TT Marshall
9 Dec - Mark Tunstall - Oils and Lubrication

The next Skill Share is on the 7th Sep at the Haven Cafe, Firsdown, Salisbury, SP5 1ST at 10:00Hrs.
BikeSafe Devizes
1 Sep 19 - promoting the Group
BikeSafe Lyneham 
25 Sep 2019
Supporting Police with tutors at MOD Lyneham
Motorcycle Handling Day
28 Seo 2019
Landsdown North Playing fields Car Park  - BA1 9BJ


Monthly Ride-Outs
Remember that monthly Bike Ride-Outs take place on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Check the Forum for details
Do you have a topic you would like discussed, or know of an interesting speaker?  Please contact Les Brown!

Congratulations to the following members who have passed their Advanced Tests recently:  

Mark Tunstall - Bike Re-test GOLD
Phil Colbourne - Bike Re-Test -GOLD
Steve Williamson - Bike  - GOLD -Tutor Pete Kempsall

Please welcome the following new members to the Group    
Thomas Jones - Car
Greg Smith - Bike
Paul Pritchard - Bike
Nigel Jameson - Car
Matthew Chalenor - Bike

Don’t forget that we have a range of clothing available to purchase. We also offer a range of books, such as Roadcraft, Motorcycle Roadcraft and the Highway Code, and these are available at discounted prices.

For more information visit the Merchandise page of our web site at www.wiltshireroadar.co.uk.
We are always looking for more articles, ideas and news for the newsletter. Have you been somewhere interesting recently that would make a good story? If you attend any group events then take a camera and send us your pictures!

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Chairman's Message - AGM
Please remember our October meeting is also the annual General Meeting.  This gives you an opportunity to hear what we have all been up to and to influence what we will do in the next 12 months.   We also need to vote in the Committee and others who hold positions within the Group.   We are currently only six on the Committee, with only one car member; we need some more people with fresh ideas and to identify the best ways to develop the Goup for all (we are discipline agnostic but a broader mix will be of benefit).
Please look hard to see if there is some time you can give to help the Group improve and achieve our objective of improving road safety. We particularly need a Secretary.  The commitment is not huge  - a few hours per month is all that is needed; mostly supporting meetings, taking minutes and acting as one of the points of  contact for the Group.There is no need to wait for the AGM as we will welcome anyone at anytime
Any questions please ask the  Secretary or  Chairman.
Speaker - Eddie Ruskin From Stroke to ADI and beyond
Eddie's interest in cars started at an early age - 5 to be precise - and only got worse as he got older. At 14, he was making and adapting radio controlled 1/10th scale model cars. By 17, passed his driving test and bought a 1978 Honda CG125 for £70. That's a motorbike of course! He also bought a Ford Fiesta 1.1l Poplar Plus that was once owned by the Fire Brigade - Eddie didn't mention whether the roof was still on or not?
At 25, he took a picture of a Quantum kit car, which he still owns today - we don't know how long he's owned it for, but I suspect around 25 years! The Quantum 6l CVH engine was modified; it has 1.75" ground clearance and is great on track days, but not so good on roads. Thus, Eddie uses  it at Castle Combe race track and has played there for 15 years.
In 2007, Eddie started his company Dynamic Mouldings. Combining his flare for making things with his love for cars. The last car Eddie worked on with both working hands was a Quantum which he made into a soft top against everyone's advice. Its still going today and the owner is enjoying it still.
The Quantum was finished 3 days before Eddie had his strokes. Eddie suffered a double stroke at the age of 46, and to add insult to injury, 3 weeks after his strokes, he suffered a brain hemorrhage for which the recovery rate is 3%. Yet he has since made an incredible comeback, though not perfect.  He became a Gold standard Advanced Driver within a year of his strokes; went onto becoming a Tutor (his first tutee obtained a Gold pass in her test); and also a top notch observer/instructor with the IAM group! He is now an ADI running his own business teaching disabled people to drive - company called Able Driving Academy based in Chipping Sodbury - https://www.facebook.com/abledriving17/
His recovery time was not at all pleasant and at one point Eddie would have taken a euthanasia pill if he had been offered it. Thank goodness he didn't as he was inspired to write down the things he can do, not what he can't. Things most of us take for granted like making a coffee - try doing that with one hand!  He spent a lot of time in the gym working hard to get back to "normal". He was told he would never drive again, or there was only a 50/50 chance.
What caused the strokes was, ironically, Eddie's enjoyment of all things mechanical and fast. He was driving around Pembrey race track in October 2014 in a Rover Metro 100. Going round corners on three wheels, doing 127mph. Yeah I know, a metro doing over 60mph is unusual but it had been altered slightly! The G-force caused the outer sheath on the carthoid arteries to be removed - this caused headaches and eventually the strokes. For which he is now paralysed down his left side.
Back on the road at a driving centre in Bristol, Eddie showed remarkable ability for a stroke survivor where he was asked whether he had received any advanced driver training. That's when he joined Wiltshire RoADAR and thanks to Monica Graham his tutor, he achieved Gold 4-days before his stroke anniversary.
Then challenged to do the IAM course - where he obtained his Masters within 8 weeks which should take us mere mortals 8-12 months. And, he had the added prestige of being the first person to pass with the use of only one hand.
In 2017, Eddie became the first person to drive from Land's End to John O'Groats with a co-driver to take over in case of emergency. For this achievement he was awarded a Land's End to John O'Groats cup. After this, he then became a driving instructor based on comments received from four different people. Passing all 3 parts of the ADI tests first time and in 9 months. Setting up his driving academy in August 2018 where he works mostly with disabled drivers - not all physical disabilities but also emotional ones too. Funnily enough, Eddie prefers the older person to teach as they have less anxiety issues which 17-21 years olds have. He has a lot of people with cerebral palsy and it took one lady 9 years to pass her test. Even if they don't pass, it gives them a sense of achievement even driving around cones in a car park.
In the UK there are over 60,000 disabled people  but only 200 driving instructors set up to teach them. Perhaps because modifying a car is too expensive? Typical costs run into the thousands of pounds and to achieve this Eddie took out a business loan based on a business plan he wrote first time!
Moral of the story is never believe people when they tell you you can't do something. Try. You never know and you could be pleasantly surprised.
Thanks for the inspiration Eddie. Proud to call you a friend and really pleased you are a member of our group!
Peter Genet
Member's Activities
Have you been up to anything to do with Riding or Driving lately? If so, then please let us know as we would love to include it here; photos would be great too!
Royal British Legion Riders Branch 1000 mile Endurance Ride - David Wicks
The RBLR1000 endurance ride is first and foremost a charity event to raise funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. The challenge is to complete one of four 1000 mile routes in 24 hours; once validated, the achievement is recognised as a qualifying ride for membership to the Iron Butt Association UK.

Details of the routes, including satnav files are available from the RBLR100 website https://www.rblr1000.co.uk/
as well as some comprehensive and invaluable advice from the Iron Butt ‘Archive of Wisdom’!

All routes start and finish at Squires Café Bar in Sherburn in Elmet, North Yorkshire. Situated conveniently close to the A1, Squires is something of a bikers’ Mecca and definitely worth a visit if you are passing by. I opted for the Northern Anticlockwise route as it covered pretty much most of a touring route I had done the previous summer. I relied on a Garmin Zumo and Basecamp to plan my route in detail and to navigate on the day. I also produced a laminated route card so I had a ready reckoner to monitor my time and distance, and this proved invaluable as the event progressed.

I rode a 2017 Triumph Tiger XCa with 12,000+ miles on the clock. I live in Bath with a 230 mile ride to the start. The ride briefing takes place at 8.00pm on the Friday night so, having left work only an hour or so earlier than normal that afternoon, I was a bit pushed and only just managed to arrive in time. It meant I arrived with less than a full tank of fuel for the next day’s start, no evening meal and the prospect of pitching a tent in the rain. Not the best preparation, and definitely an aspect I had overlooked whilst focusing on planning for the main event. The following morning I joined another 127 starters on the start line at 4.30am for a prompt 5.00am start.

I won’t go into the all the details of the route I took, but I offer the following:
- The organisation of the event is outstanding. There were dozens of volunteers on hand at Squires for registration, verification, certification and helping riders to dismount at the end!

- Camping at Squires is free for the event and very basic. I arrived back in a thunderstorm, so the admin burden was quite acute and I was pretty damp for most of the weekend. There are local B&Bs but I just didn’t fancy getting up even earlier to get to the start on time.

- I bought forward my 12,000 mile service 4 months to ensure my bike was as well prepared as it could be. This included new front and rear tyres – so with 1500 miles on each, I felt very confident even on the wet twisty roads of the Highlands.

- June is not particularly warm and the temperature dropped to 4 degrees as I passed Shap late at night. I wore winter liners and thermal underwear, and carried extra fleece, spare neck tubes, winter gloves and full waterproofs. I took the time to stop and put on the waterproofs whenever I saw rain on the weather radar crossing my route.

- 1000 miles is a long way, especially on an uncomfortable seat. I wore padded Moto Skiveez and sat on an Airhawk Cruiser air cushion, which I now swear by. I tend to get a sore right shoulder on long rides; however, there was nothing much I could do about this other than take paracetamol.

- This isn’t a race and isn’t treated as such. The key to success is good planning and personal discipline. My approach was to ride purposefully between stops planned for every 90 minutes or so; fuel up and drink water each time; go to the loo if necessary and then get back on with it. I completed the ride by 1.15am, which meant I was in bed for 2.30am, so I got a good 4 hours sleep before the return trip to Bath later that morning.

Do I think this event adheres to the principles of advanced motorcycling? Yes I do. It is not a race and you don’t need to break any speed limits to achieve the aim. Riders from a range of advanced rider groups were in evidence, including Blood Bikes, and the standard of motorcycling I witnessed throughout the event was exemplary.

Would I do it again? Yes I would. I realise this is not everyone’s idea of fun, but I gained an enormous sense of satisfaction from the challenge and rate it as my highest accomplishment on a motorcycle. I’m hooked and have registered for next year’s event and am booked in for the Brit Butt Light Rally next month! 
REME Charity Bike Trip to VW Factory in Wolfsburg Germany
In mid-June Bob Fram joined 6 other motorcyclists from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Charity  on a visit to the VW factory in Wolfsburg Germany.  There is a real connection between REME (the British Army’s engineering Corps) and VW as Major Ivan Hirst REME was responsible for regenerating the factory after the war.  He was sent to see what he could salvage from the factory in 1945 but saw the potential; you will all recognise how big VW group is today.  He handed the factory back to the control of the Germans on 8 Oct 1949.
Due to the mileage we had to cover we spent most of our time on motorways, but this was not without adventure.  We rode for 3 hours in the worst rain I have ever seen which challenged our sense of humour and our waterproofs – pools of water appeared around us when we stopped for lunch much to the chagrin of the cleaning staff at the service station.  Moreover once in Germany it was amazing to see the speed at which the Germans drive – regular mirror checks and planning overtakes were essential.
We reached the VW factory on our third day and were hosted by Ulrike Guntsmann the VW archivist.  She talked about the records she keeps (some 9km of shelving) and the frustrations she has as executives clear out their desks when moving on forgetting to archive some of their most important documents!  She proudly showed us a hand written ledger in both German and English which contained the minutes of the first workers council meeting - signed by Major Hirst himself – the brevity of the minutes and the neatness of the writing was a lesson for us all.
We were then shown their room of Remembrance.  A museum in one of the original factory building’s air raid shelters dedicated to the forced labour and concentration camp inmates who were used to build vehicles and weapons at the factory during the War.  A humbling and fascinating experience.
We completed our day with a trip round the Autostadt in Wolfsburg – a celebration of vehicles and VW group in particular.
Our route home took us via Arnhem to pay our respects to those who lost their lives there in 1944.  One grave has a particular interesting story.  A single Royal Navy Engineer headstone sits amongst the Airborne soldiers and RAF.  During a previous visit to the cemetery I met one of his friends.  This young man had volunteered to stand in for a member of a Dakota crew who was injured on the ground.  This act of support and commitment to the war effort cost his young ma his life and thus he lies with comrades in Arms in this beautiful cemetery in Arnhem.
Arriving home early on Sunday morning tired buy happy.  1400 miles in 5 days was a long trip but full of adventure, history and the good company of fellow bikers.
 Mini Bikesafe MOD Lyneham

On July 3 a half day Bike safe event was held at MOD Lyneham.  13 soldiers and members of staff from Lyneham attended a presentation on advanced riding by Lee Prince of Wiltshire Police (he is the Bikesafe coordinator) and the observed rides were conducted by RoADAR Wiltshire tutors and Wiltshire and Bath Advanced Motorcyclists observers.
We were blessed with fantastic weather and all took advantage of the excellent roads Wiltshire has to offer.  All who attended really enjoyed the afternoon and all of the attendees benefited from the experience.  This was an excellent recruiting event for both advanced riding groups so we will have made a difference to some.  There is a repeat event on 25 Sep.
New Regional coordinator – Martin Powell
Martin Powell, retired from the police force after 32 years will be joining the RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Team as Regional Coordinator (replacing Richard Howes) Martin is also a RoADAR Examiner.
As well as all categories of vehicles,  Martin is incredibly passionate about motorcycles,  taking part in motorcycle road racing for the past 30 years including the Manx Grand Prix in the Isle of Man and still has a strong passion for short circuit racing, trials and moto cross.
Martin is incredibly enthusiastic and ready to assist and encourage safer use of the roads and to promote RoADAR tutoring and support the groups
We will be inviting Martin to come along to our group meeting.
Skillshare  - Please promote
Our last 2 Skillshare sessions area as follows;    5 October at the 3 trees Farm Shop in Chiseldon and  7 September at the Haven Cafe near Salisbury. 

All Members please do your best to advertise this; we did not get the message out well last year and turn out was poor. A concerted effort from us all to promote the group and this FREE skills session will help to boost our profile, so ask your family, friends and work colleagues to come and have a go.  Details and the ability to book are on the website.

Grateful if all tutors look to see if they can come and help  - without you it simply will not work.
Geeks Corner - When did our members Join
We have the following number of joiners from each year as listed...
1997 - 2
1990 - 2
2001 - 1
2003 - 1
2004 - 2
2005 - 1
2006 - 1
2009 - 1
2010 - 2
2011 - 4
2012 - 8
2013 - 16 (new database created this year. suspect 5 new joins, 11 old members copied over)
2014 - 5
2015 - 8
2016 - 4
2017 - 22
2018 - 29
2019 - 29 (so far)
Motorcyclists - Machine Handling Skills Day Sat 28 Sep.
WABAM are hosting a  FREE machine handling day at Landsdown North Playing fields Car Park  - BA1 9BJ - details below
Committee minutes   
These are available from the Group Secretary if any member wishes to see them. If you are interested in reading the minutes, then please send a mail to the Group Secretary whom will promptly forward them onto you.

Please could all Members use the Forum on the Website which can be used for any purpose but particularly coordinating events, hints, tips and general conversation.  It is easy to register on the website so please do log on and chat away.
Test results 
Reminder to let the Membership Secretary and your tutor know when you have taken your Advanced Driving/Riding Test and result. This is so our database is kept up to date; there is no need or pressure at all to have the result published on the website or in this newsletter if you wish to keep your result confidential.  
RoADAR Head Office facebook Page
Reminder of the page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161699161113584/ or type in RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders in to your facebook.
Membership Secretary: Mr Gary Franks
Hon Secretary: Mr Peter Genet
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